WKSU News: New park in Portage County receives official dedication

Here is a short news blurb (WKSU News:New park in Portage County receives official dedication) with some audio clips from WKSU about the dedication of the new Burton D and Margaret Clark Morgan Preserve in Portage County. The new park is the largest for Portage Park District and was created through a wide-ranging partnership with some 20 organizations and individuals.

These land protection deals are good for the environment. They are also critical for a community trying to keep taxes under control. The land in this story was once slated for 1,800A singleA family homes. The property taxes generated by those homes would have partially offset added snow plowing, police, fire and other community services. Partially. Add to those services the fact that a development of this scale would have very likely created the need for expanded schools in the area and development of this property would have caused drastic increases in property taxes.

Instead, there is a new park that will protect groundwater resources, collect and filter stormwater, and will provide recreational opportunities for future generations. Everyone wins.

 

Akron Ohio News – County Council supports bog preservation projects – SSNL

There was a very small mention of one of my projects in the local newspaper this week. Here is the link: A Akron Ohio News – County Council supports bog preservation projects – SSNL.

This is about 2 deals that Western Reserve Land Conservancy is helping theA ClevelandA Museum ofA NaturalA History with. The museum will own these two special places, while the conservancy holds permanent restrictions over bothA properties. These 2 layers of protection, as well as restrictions held by the state of Ohio, will ensure that no matter what happens in the future, these sensitive bog habitats will remain intact for future generations to enjoy and learn from.

One of the properties contains a sphagnum mat that you can walk on, then if you jump up and down, people 20 or 30 feet away will also bounce up and down from your movement. Really a cool feeling. You do have to watch out for the poison sumac though!

 

Hoot and Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 10, 2009, Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s Medina Summit Chapter will hold its annual harvest festival to celebrate fall and the last year’s land conservation accomplishments.

There will be pumpkins on hand for children to paint and decorate, hayrides, a campfire(with s’mores), face-painting, live music, and an after-dark owl walk.

The Medina Raptor Center will also present a program featuring live owls, giving festival-goers a chance to learn about these fascinating creatures of the night.

A harvest dinner will include hot dogs, beer, hot chocolate, macaroni and cheese, white chicken chili and cornbread.

Bring your kids and friends and enjoy an evening of fellowship and dun while you hear about the Conservancy’s amazing accomplishments.

DATE
Saturday, October 10, 2009

TIME
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION
Hill’n Dale Club
3605 Poe Road
Montville Township, Ohio.

MORE
Tickets are $12 for adults
$6 for children ages 4-12
and free for those 3 and under.

RSVP
by October 2, 2009 to Gina Pausch at gpausch@wrlc.cc or 440-729-9621.

 

Ohio.com – Hikers hitting trails at parks

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County is getting its annual fall hiking spree underway. Get out and join the rest of northeast Ohio and enjoy nature along the great Metro Park trails. The hiking spree consists of thirteen designated trails. Hikers that complete 8 of the 13 trails earn either a hiking staff or a badge. (First year hikers get the staff, others get the badge to add to their existing hiking stick.)

Check the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County web site for a complete list of the hiking spree trails.

NeoNaturalist.com has reviewed several of the hiking spree trails. Check out these descriptions to see which trails are most interesting to you. Then, get outside and enjoy. If you want to complete the spree, you have until November 30.

 

Portage Park District Programs connect people to Nature!

Pre-registration Needed for Annual Bat Program

Come and learn about the secret lives of bats at the Portage Park District annual bat program on Friday August 14 at 8:45pm. We will meet at the Headwater’s Trail parking lot at the Rt. 700 trailhead in Hiram. Jessica Hickey from Davey Resources will demonstrate bat survey techniques and equipment, as well as share little known facts about these nocturnal creatures! Pre-registration is necessary. Please call the Park District office at 330-297-7728 or email dalber@portageparkdistrict.org to pre-register. For information, please visit www.portageparkdistrict.org.

Butterfly and Dragonfly Survey

Members of the North American Butterfly Association and Portage Park District staff and volunteers will be fluttering through the field and forest on Saturday, August 15 for the annual Butterfly and Dragonfly survey at Towner’s Woods Park in Franklin Township. The Park District is honored to have Judy Semroc as a guide for this activity, who, along with Larry Rosche and Linda Gilbert, have recently written a new book, the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northeast Ohio, second edition. It is the comprehensive guide for species occurring in Ohio. Copies of the book are available for sale ($26.88, which includes tax) at www.ddneo.info.

Towner’s Woods is located at 2296 Ravenna Road, Franklin Township Directions: From SR 43, turn east onto Ravenna Rd., go 2 miles to the park entrance. short hike begins at 10:00 am, followed by a trail and field survey for these beautiful and delicate creatures. It is recommended that participants bring water to drink and wear closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing. Pants are recommended for the more adventurous, who may venture off the trails into the field areas.
For information, please visit www.portageparkdistrict.org. or call (330) 297-7728.

 

Ribbon-cutting Sunday at Forest Ridge Preserve – Cleveland.com

Ribbon-cutting Sunday at Forest Ridge Preserve – Cleveland.com

This is a wonderful, large natural area that was preserved through a partnership of Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Moreland Hills. If you have a chance, attending the ribbon-cutting and taking a hike would be a great adventure!